See what you think, readers. Congressional candidate Ari David, Republican for California-30, asked Apple to create an iPhone app for his campaign to unseat Henry Waxman in November. (Check out his website here.)
Apple came back to him with the judgment that the information he wanted to include about Waxman was “defamatory,” and therefore Apple couldn’t accept his business.
But read the story for yourselves. (Read it if only for the idiotic farming regulations California farmers are already living with, which Waxman wants to impose on the rest of America’s farmers.)
Read it also, however, for the posture assumed by Apple. Nothing in the proposed app’s content could reasonably be called defamatory. Some of it is clearly opinion (e.g., the farm regulations are “Soviet-style”). But when did charging a politician with wanting to “strangle family farms with Soviet-style regulation” become defamatory? It’s partisan political speech, yes. But that doesn’t make it defamatory. Continue reading “Apple Denies Free Speech to Republican in CA-30”